LLNN
Unmaker


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
September 24th, 2021 | 30 replies


Release Date: 09/24/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blistering as always…

LLNN continue their quest to create the heaviest music possible. The Danish sludge/post metal quartet’s latest LP, Unmaker drops like a wrecking ball upon you. It’s just that crushingly heavy and loud. As they march forward in their journey, more emphasis is put on synthesizers in an attempt to diversify the output. Songs like ‘Obsidian’, ‘Interloper’ or ‘Forger’ make good use of atmospheric embellishments that help shape the grandiose sonic attack the guys very convincingly unleash. The cinematic elements increase this tension, reminiscing Sci-Fi movies soundtracks with added razor sharp edges. Meanwhile, ‘Tethers’ contains driving bass lines which feel similar to gasps for air being repeatedly sunk under waves in a stormy sea. It’s also an example of a possible future direction where LLNN could expand into moodier territory. When things get claustrophobic, interludes like ‘Resurrection’ or ‘Vakuum’ enter, offering brief moments of respite for the listener. The former shares a warmer tone, combining synths, clean guitar leads and what seems to be a slightly dissonant saxophone playing in the background. The latter, on the other hand, builds up dark, pulsing drones, preparing you for the second half of the record, commencing with ‘Scion’. This is another soaring tune, featuring pounding drums and massive stop-start riffage. Moreover, ‘Division’ tears walls down with its blend of raging guitar and complementing noise. I have to praise the gritty yet rather clear production, since it magnifies all the band’s strengths. Each instrument is given its place in the mix, plus the vocals, even at their most intense, never eclipse the others. You could complain that several parts turned out familiar to previous albums, however, LLNN do such a great job with their formula. Despite its brutal sound, it’s quite easy to sit through Unmaykr, as the tracks are beautifully fused together into a cohesive whole. This is the quartet’s most complete work so far and a must listen.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2021


5689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crushing album and quite addictive.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtjOdRlbtB0

'Obsidian' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj2Ft3a0xyo

'Desecrator' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWW1E6lzNog

Digging: Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus

RogueNine
September 25th 2021


5004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Strikes me as a small step up from their previous one.

Archelirion
September 25th 2021


6487 Comments


SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIT THERE'S A NEW LLNN

HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE

this sounds pretty similar to their other stuff which I'm going to fucking love it

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2021


5689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, it's similar to previous stuff, but a bit better and I dig the synth stuff more here.

Comatorium.
September 25th 2021


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Daaaamn no mention of desecrator?

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2021


3802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've never heard of these guys, but this sounds awesome, will check!

Deez
September 25th 2021


8795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love this band

Digging: NEW GRASS - Scordatura_Perforations

ignorethefashion
September 25th 2021


133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, and thanks for bringing this to my attention. shit is killer.

Lasssie
September 25th 2021


1471 Comments


how does one pronounce LLNN

Apathya
September 25th 2021


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LLNN the most underrated band of this genre. This album helped me crush my todays deadlift.

RogueNine
September 25th 2021


5004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wish I had the lyrics to Desecrator.

botb
September 26th 2021


15265 Comments


I HATE this style of guitar tone, it reminds me of frontierer and sectioned (who also employ tones I can’t get into).

BUT the riffs are sweet

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2021


5689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Comatorium - It's a great track, they all are :D



@RogueNine - https://genius.com/Llnn-desecrator-lyrics

RogueNine
September 26th 2021


5004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh nice. Never doubt Genius.

RogueNine
September 26th 2021


5004 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The line is "we will sing our songs" but it sounds like SUUUUUCKS. Lol I like the misheard version.

mindleviticus
September 27th 2021


10321 Comments


this is pretty good

some tracks go HARD

WalrusTusk
September 27th 2021


1366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's good. Nothing crazy but it's good.

Jebull
September 27th 2021


1433 Comments


Sweet. Crushes!

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2021


17567 Comments


Gotta jam this.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium - Undreamable Abysses

Kinetic22
September 29th 2021


55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent, but it all kinda becomes a blur after a while. Lots of brawn but little sense.



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